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USE & CARE

Caring for your wood table.

Fresh and reclaimed solid wood furniture is as characteristic as it is timeless, and, like most furniture constructed from all-natural materials, its beauty grows with age, use, and care. We believe furniture should be used, not admired from afar (it's a table, not a Fabergé egg)—but owning a wood table just requires some heightened awareness before you put stuff down.

Is it necessary to be more careful with solid, natural wood than with engineered wood or veneer?

The short answer is yes, and coasters are going to become your new best friend.

All of our wood is lightly treated and sealed, but natural wood is sensitive to heat and moisture in a way that manufactured materials are not. But you don’t have to be as precious with the table as you might expect. Put your mug down to grab the paper but grab a coaster first. Hold a festive family meal but set that just-out-of-the-oven dish on a trivet or mat.

As a rule, to prevent rings, stains, damage, or pesky scratches, avoid placing anything that might be hot or wet directly onto the table surface.

How do I keep my table looking its best day-to-day?

A feather duster or clean, dry cloth will do the trick to remove everyday dust and dirt. Spills are inevitable, of course, but try to wipe them away as quickly as possible. A splash of water isn't going to be catastrophic, but the longer moisture sits on the surface, the more likely it is to cause a stain.

How do I clean my table beyond everyday dusting?

If your kids were particularly energetic at breakfast and you want to wipe your table, use a lightly dampened white cloth (or a cloth without any dye that could potentially transfer to the wood) to wipe down the entire tabletop. Wiping the whole surface will ensure the finish wears evenly.

I wiped my reclaimed wood table and a little color came off on my cloth. Is that normal?

It's not uncommon to see a little bit of color transfer on your cloth when wiping one of our reclaimed woods (Heritage Oak, Heritage Pine). Just remember that wiping down the entire tabletop will help to maintain color evenness. We treat our reclaimed woods very subtly, using only a non-toxic solvent solution and a light seal to even out the patina. This avoids overpowering the color, details, and imperfections that make each piece special.

Will I see color transfer when cleaning fresh wood?

Nope. We seal our fresh woods (Spiced Oak, Tinted Oak, Pale Oak) differently than our reclaimed woods. Because this wood is younger, we're able to finish it with a slightly thicker topcoat and sealant without compromising the look of the grain.

Does this mean I can be harder on fresh wood than on reclaimed wood?

Sort of, but not really.

When it comes to any natural wood, if you have to wonder whether you can place something directly on the surface, it's best to ere on the side of caution. Better safe than stained.